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The Earth Optimism Summit isn’t just one meeting.

There will be activities all around DC to spread the wave of optimism. Film screenings, public discussions, conservation cafes, perhaps even projection of images on public buildings and improv theatre focused on success and optimism. There will be something for everyone.

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, New York NY 10128

Now through Sunday, April 23 2017, Weekdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM –6:00 PM, Saturdays, 10:00 AM –9:00 PM

Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process: Luisa Cevese, founder of Riedzioni in Milan; Christina Kim, founder of dosa, inc., in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo, managing director at NUNO in Tokyo. Each designer’s practice involves innovative and sophisticated reuse of textile materials and resources, while engaging in preservation of local craft traditions. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process. For more information please email BohlkL@si.edu

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Where the River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth’s Waterways

Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:45-8:15PM

Geophysicist Sean W. Fleming examines how mathematics and physics can reveal the hidden dynamics of rivers, offering insights into the profound interrelationships that they have with landscapes, ecosystems, and societies

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What’s Working in Conservation - Community Lecture Series

Front Royal, VA

April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, 7pm

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI spearheads research programs at its headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. Learn about conservation success and initiatives from Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals during this free lecture series. For more information please email blackkr@si.edu.

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National Portrait Gallery - Pop Quiz: The Earth Says Hello!

Washington, DC

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30 PM, Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Get ready for Earth Day by playing trivia inspired by our collection of scientists and environmentalists. Pop Quiz takes place once a month in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard and can be played individually or in a team of up to six people. The Courtyard Café will be open during Pop Quiz for participants to purchase snacks and drinks. For more information, contact Caitlin Brague at BragueC@si.edu. Directions on how to get there: http://npg.si.edu/visit/getting-here

An Evening with David Grinspoon: Earth in Human Hands

Washington, DC

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:10 PM, Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History 10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20013

The National Museum of Natural History invites you to attend an evening with award-winning astrobiologist and author, David Grinspoon. Using a big-picture, planetary perspective, Grinspoon will describe the transformative role humans have played as he speaks about his new book Earth in Human Hands. In a conversation with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Grinspoon will suggest that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, challenging audiences to awaken to our role as a force of planetary change and become conscious shapers and caretakers of Earth. Earth in Human Hands will be available for purchase and signing after the program. This program was made possible through the generous support of David M. Rubenstein and is offered in conjunction with the Earth Optimism Summit programming at the National Museum of Natural History. This program is part of the An Evening With... signature series featuring thought leaders in conversation with paleontologist and Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson.

National Museum of Natural History Main Library and Earl Silas Tupper Library in Tropical Biology - Watch Events

Washington, DC; Panama

April 21, 2017

The Smithsonian Libraries will host two Earth Optimism Watch Events on Friday, April 21st in the National Museum of Natural History Main Library and at the Earl Silas Tupper Library in Tropical Biology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. We will live-stream the Earth Optimism programs throughout the day, offer a “petting zoo” of some of our more popular “Earth-Optimistic” books, and host a presentation on the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), which works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world. BHL literature enables scientists to study and conserve life on Earth. The library's vast collection of over 50 million pages helps researchers identify new species and prioritize conservation efforts through a better understanding of species relationships, the impacts of past extinctions, and the identification of "keystone" species critical to the health of an ecosystem. For more information, please contact Barbara Ferry (ferryb@si.edu) or Martin Kalfotovic (kalfotivicm@si.edu).

Smithsonian Gardens

Washington DC

April 21, 2017, 11 AM - 1 PM, Pollinator Garden Open House

Smithsonian Gardens (http://www.gardens.si.edu/) will host a celebration of pollination in its Pollinator Garden along with members of the National Pollinator Garden Network and local partners. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the garden, see pollination in action and participate in fun, family-friendly activities staged throughout the garden. The garden’s theme focuses on the ‘Pollination Investigation’ that takes visitors on a discovery of the who, what, when, why, where and how of pollination by interpreting the unique relationship between pollinators and flowers. Visitors will be inspired to take lessons for creating pollinator friendly landscapes back to their homes and communities in support of the Million Pollinator Garden campaign (http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/). This event is open to the public and will take place in the Pollinator Garden located along the east side of the National Museum of Natural History at Ninth Street between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall. For more information, contact James Gagliardi at GagliardiJ@si.edu.

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Smithsonian Libraries and Biodiversity Heritage Libraries - Innovation Commons Participation

Washington, DC

April 21-22, 2017

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), in conjunction with Smithsonian Libraries, will participate in the Innovation Commons on Friday, April 21 and April 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. BHL and SIL staff will be available on hand at a designated booth to share examples of how the open access biodiversity literature in BHL supports the study and conservation of life on Earth. The library's vast collection of over 50 million pages helps researchers identify new species and prioritize conservation efforts through a better understanding of species relationships, the impacts of past extinctions, and the identification of "keystone" species critical to the health of an ecosystem. BHL also collaborates with biodiversity and natural history institutions throughout the world in various capacities. Staff at the booth will be available to answer questions, showcase some of those partnerships, and demonstrate key strategies for accessing the literature in BHL. Contacts: Carolyn Sheffield (sheffieldc@si.edu); Grace Costantino (costantinog@si.edu).

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Panama City, Panama

April 22, 2017, 10:30 AM - 3 PM, Punta Culebra Nature Center, Amador Causeway

Join us for an "Earth Optimism" Festival to celebrate nature and wildlife, hosted by STRI’s Punta Culebra Nature Center. The daylong event will feature lightning talks by inspirational conservation leaders, as well as local youth making a difference for the future of the planet. We will have music and art performances, crafts made from recyclable materials, tours, storytelling, and animal exhibits. A special feature will be our new Q-Cart, a mobile hands-on science library and exhibit for curious people, featuring an array of beautifully illustrated books, scientific artifacts, ancient fossils, giant insects, experiments and more! Please contact Crystal Dimiceli (dimicelicj@si.edu) for more information.

National Museum of the American Indian

Washington, DC

April 22, 2017, 6:00 PM, Rasmuson Theater

Doug Herman, senior geographer at the National Museum of the American Indian will talk about traditional leadership and resource management practices in old Hawai‘i. There is ample evidence all around us that the management of human-environment relationships by the dominant society has brought huge imbalance. His presentation will include a discussion of the values of the voyaging canoe, represented by Hōkūleʻa as it winds up its world-wide voyage of mālama honua (take care of the Earth) — offer lessons on how to live on a finite vessel—whether it is the canoe, an island, or island earth. For more information on this inspiring voyage, visit the website below or contact Shawn Termin at TerminS@si.edu.

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An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch

Washington, DC

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.

An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch (US/Bahamas/Canada/Honduras/Senegal, 2016, 46 min.) Around the world, more than 3 billion people depend on fish as an essential part of their diet, but fish populations are falling; how close are we to a global food catastrophe? An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch follows renowned fisheries scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly and his team of international experts as they piece together the evidence to determine exactly how much fish we’ve been taking from our oceans. It’s a detective story that ranges from the Atlantic coastline to the reefs of the Bahamas and the shores of Senegal – uncovering the startling discovery that we have drastically underestimated the amount of fish we catch globally and are running out of fish much faster than we thought. But there is hope. Dr. Pauly’s landmark research reveals that if we manage our fisheries better we can have more fish than we thought was possible. And, new technology developed by Dr. Stephen Box, Vice President of Global Fishery Solutions at Rare and former scientist at the Smithsonian Center for Marine Conservation, transforms the way we can manage small scale fisheries, safeguarding the bounty of the seas for future generations. Along the way we find hope as Dr. Pauly’s landmark work and a new approach to sustainable fisheries being developed by the Smithsonian reveal the opportunity to preserve the bounty of the seas for future generations. Written and directed by Alison Barrat, co-produced by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and the Smithsonian Channel. Followed by a discussion focused on solutions presented in the film featuring experts in the film Dr. Daniel Pauly, Dr. Stephen Box, and the filmmaker Alison Barrat. This program is presented with the Smithsonian Channel and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation in conjunction with the Earth Optimism Summit programming at the National Museum of Natural History.

National Museum of Natural History - Teen Event

Washington, DC

April 23, 2017

The National Museum of Natural History is hosting a teen-only event to inspire teens to share their voice and connect them to people and projects that are having a positive impact on the planet. Activities will include; a teen-panel conversation, game jam, poetry prompts, interactive activities, and opportunities to talk with leaders from the Earth Optimism Summit and the region. This will be take place in the Q?rius Education Center (qrius.si.edu) and will open to the public for part of the day. Registration will be available soon.

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